So as an exercise I decided to do a series of speedpaintings, each starting from the one prior. The first was completed from another speedpainting which I may post separately. The idea is just to stay loose, let the subconscious guide the direction and flow of ideas, keep them quick/loose, and to use minimal brushes. In these I used 2 brushes, one custom(http://www.filedropper.com/wibblywobblybrush , not made by me!) and the other a standard soft round brush (for atmospherics). These are nothing special, very quick and dirty, but fun!
I find it is much easier to start a new painting working right over an old one for several reasons. The first is there is less of the blank canvas nervous jitters. You don’t feel obligated to the new idea because you haven’t got one yet! Also your subconscious is clever; we are wired to see patterns in everything, so the pool of new ideas is just waiting to be tapped. Last and most important is you are not tethered to expectations with this new painting. If it doesn’t work out, oh well, you still have the one you just finished. Fear of failure in art can be as big a hurdle to overcome as staring at a pristine blank canvas!
So there you are. Each of these took between 15-30min. Nothing spectacular but fun exercises with my new favorite brush =D! I love how you can’t entirely control what it does!